Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Brilliant Ohio Government at work.

The DoD is looking to shut down and consolidate different operations in order to save money. It looks like some Ohio jobs might be on the block. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
DFAS, as it's known, employs 1,200 people, mostly civilians, at the Federal Office Building downtown. The accounting-and-finance work force handles pay and pensions for some 2.7 million active and retired military personnel across the country.
I've always been somewhat leary of areas striving to get and retain government jobs. The government takes money from the area, and you are then forced to grovel to get some of it back. The government does no one any favors if it has a bunch of labor overhead it doesn't need. Of course what puzzled me all the more is this bit:
Nance heads up the alliance, which has budgeted $600,000 for a save-DFAS effort. Half of the money came from the Ohio Department of Development, which has doled out $2.5 million to six Ohio cities working to save Defense Department facilities.
Okay, so Ohio taxes it's citizens, so that it can get money to lobby the federal government, to get some of the money back that the feds took in the first place. What about this doesn't look insane? Yeah, it makes sense on some level, but geez! Wouldn't it be better to give that 2.5 million back to the people of Ohio?

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